The Motion Picture and Television Fund’s hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills will be closing by the end of this year. The statement issued on the fund’s website credits “declining demand and challenging economic outlook,” as well as their yearly $10 million budget deficit, as the impetus for this and other changes facing their delivery of health care services. They estimate that 290 jobs will be eliminated.
The non-profit Motion Picture & Television Fund was created by such industry luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith in 1921 as a charitable resource for economically challenged industry professionals. Years later, it became a benefit for those working in film or television production based on years of service. The MPTF will continue to provide community-based care and current residents of the Woodland Hills facility will be relocated.
Very sad news for the residents, patients, and employees.